Wed, 1 Apr 2015
Hula'la #03 by Fufu
Elite Force, FlowPlayaz, DJ Tynee, DJ Christian
“Elite Force unites the sometimes warring factions of electro house, techno, and breakbeat, like a peace keeper who values the spirit of cooperation and tolerance. He was forged in the fires of breakbeat, which has always had a habit of sucking in sounds that pass by. Elite’s sets are like a team performance, with tracks coming from all corners of the bass-driven sector, to create a vibrant hodgepodge of boundary-pushing dance music….“
Simon Shackleton’s Elite Force project began way back in 1996, debuting on his own newly founded Fused and Bruised label with a series of peerless 12s and remixes. After a successful five years,he put Fused and Bruised on the backburner to concentrate on production work, and following several years with Whole9Yards and Moonshine he became a mainstay recording artist for Adrift Recordings (formally known as Kingsize Records) before moving on to set up his own U&A imprint.
Often credited for being a lynchpin in the developing the tech-funk genre (an amalgamation of breaks, house, techno and electro) he has released a series of highly successful singles in the past few years, finding broad support from DJs and musicians across the board, including the likes of James Zabiela, the Plump DJs, Laurent Garnier and Damian Lazarus to name but four.
In addition to these solo singles, Meat Katie has been a regular collaborator with Elite Force, a relationship that had begun in 2003 with the massive-selling 'Toba'. As a remixer, Elite Force has always been in considerable demand, with re-workings for the likes of Grandmaster Flash, Crystal Method, Jungle Brothers, Stereo MCs, UNKLE, Infusion, Rennie Pilgrem, Shiloh and Dylan Rhymes all contributing to his reputation as one of the most creative and effective remixers around.
Elite Force's music has also been the soundtrack to many a movie, with a huge list of impressive A-list credits to his name, including the likes of the Matrix, Charlie's Angels, Arlington Road, Mortal Kombat, Crow, The Bone Collector, The Jackyll, Spiderman 2 and his music has appeared on a wide array of TV shows, from CSI to Top Gear, from Football Focus to LA Doctors. He's also soundtracked a number of computer games, including no fewer than 5 FIFA games, several of the Wipeout series, The Matrix,and Motorstorm 1, and he is currently writing some bespoke music for the sequel to one of the biggest games of all time......
On the decks, Elite Force has been a prime mover since 1990 when he cut his teeth playing huge student nights and self-promoted acid house nights in the South West of England, before moving up to London and ultimately gravitating towards his tech-funk style, with which he now has a full diary of global bookings and has become known as one of the top technicians on a circuit that has included massive shows in Hungary, Australia, Italy, USA, Czech Republic, India, Turkey, Spain, Japan and China, amongst others, as well as numerous festival slots including Glastonbury, Coachella, Burning Man, San Francisco's Love Parade, Wickerman, Breakfest and the Glade.
He is also responsible for the hugely influential Strongarm Sessions webcasts have become something of an institution since their inception back in 2001, receiving around 20,000
downloads per show.
The forthcoming ‘Re:Vamped’ album is a surefire bet to push Elite Force to the
summit. His incendiary DJ sets have won him A-List admirers across the globe,
and his re-workings and re-edits of virtually everything that passes through his
studio have become the stuff of legend. ‘Re:Vamped’ finally makes these
elusive & much-sought after works available to the public, with a head-spinning
DJ mix that features upwards of twenty tried & tested exclusive mash-ups,
recalling some of the finest moments from the likes of Soulwax / 2ManyDJs.
With a ramped-up AV/DJ set already launched during a headline set to 6,000
people in Perth on Boxing Day 2009, the ‘Re:Vamped’ tour is already rolling into